Men’s Shed future seemingly secured

Following a special council meeting, Canning Men''s Shed will not move into Centenary Pavilion in Wilson. Picture: David Baylis. d492897.
Following a special council meeting, Canning Men''s Shed will not move into Centenary Pavilion in Wilson. Picture: David Baylis. d492897.

CANNING Men’s Shed’s new home is a step closer to realisation after Canning Council backed a plan to fund the lease for a new short-term home.

At a special council meeting.last week, council backed a plan to contribute $25,000 per annum over two years to help the Shedders lease a suitable location and support them in identifying a long-term home.

Canning Men’s Shed secretary Ian Ross was delighted with the decision and said they had already sought out a few prospective properties.

“It’s resolved a number of issues. We can finally move forward in a positive direction,” he said.”

Initially, the City had proposed leasing half of Centenary Park’s southern shed to the group, with the other half to be used as storage by Canning Lions Club.

With their lease at Riverton Baptist Church set to expire, the Men’s Shed had requested they be leased the entire shed because 90sq m would not be big enough to house their machinery and presentation area.

Council opted to delay the decision a week to consult the Lions Club, who which made it clear they preferred the original plan that gave the club half of the shed space.

City officers then asked the council to consider not leasing half of the building to the Men’s Shed at the special council meeting, instead recommending they provide the aforementioned money to help them lease a suitable location.

The motion to lease half the building was rejected, before the council passed the alternative motion.